I believe one of the main benefits of meditation, even if only a few minutes a day, is to allow us to create a pause between a stimulus and our response. More often than not, if we hear someone say something we don’t like, we may immediately react. Meditation allows us to easily step back and pause to provide us time to think about an appropriate response. A few seconds can mean the difference between a knee-jerk reaction and a considered response.
Over time, this can lead to more productive and effective communication with the people around us. In addition, it can also help to reduce stress levels and promote feelings of calm and relaxation.
There is a space between thoughts that begins to widen as we meditate regularly. This silent space, even if it is for a second or two, in the beginning, allows us to start to dis-identify with our emotions and thoughts and will enable us to identify with something beyond our local personality. It’s something I call becoming non-attached. Anthony de Mellow, in his book Awakenings, puts it succinctly in the following quote:
When something is happening to you, to see it as if it were happening to someone else, with no comment, no judgment, no attitude, no interference, no attempt to change, only to understand. You’ll begin to realize that increasingly you are dis-identifying from ‘me.’
Meditation for Beginners Series
If you’re looking to start a meditation practice or know of a teenager who is interested, we’ve got something special for you. We’ve created a guided meditation for beginners’ series, plus a journal to help you get started. This series is designed to help you learn the basics of meditation and get started on your journey. We hope you find it helpful and inspiring.